0106-23 NY Times Crossword 6 Jan 23, Friday

Constructed by: Erica Hsiung Wojcik
Edited by: Will Shortz

Today’s Theme: None

Bill’s time: 42m 38s!

Bill’s errors: 0

Today’s Wiki-est Amazonian Googlies

My wife and I are in Ireland right now, for Christmas and to start off the New Year with family. I just managed to slip away to solve the puzzle, and write up this abbreviated post. I will get to the full post just as soon as I can.

Thank you for your understanding.

Bill

Complete List of Clues/Answers

Across

1 Remark made after catching someone by surprise : IT’S JUST ME
10 Alt-rock band with the 2001 hit album “Yankee Hotel Foxtrot” : WILCO
15 Indoor swimming pools : NATATORIA
16 What might roll in the leaves : ACORN
17 Pet dogs and cats, affectionately : FUR BABIES
18 Surge protector? : LEVEE
19 Great work : OPUS
20 Embroiled (in) : KNEE-DEEP
22 Stage that you might enter at night : REM
23 Broadband letters : LTE
25 Gangs : POSSES
27 With 39-Across, answer to the question “Who’s the solver of this puzzle?” : YOU …
28 Bird: Prefix : AVI-
30 Pro with extensions, in brief : CPA
31 Big ticket item? : COURTSIDE SEAT
35 Leading disability rights activist in the 2020 documentary “Crip Camp” : JUDITH HEUMANN
36 Valuable collection : TREASURE TROVE
37 Black ___ : OPS
38 “Get out of here!” : RUN!
39 See 27-Across : … ARE
40 “Get me?,” informally : YA HEAR?
43 Guileful : SLY
44 “Love Island” airer : CBS
47 Item in Yo-Yo Ma’s right hand : CELLO BOW
50 Sound of suffering … or pleasure : MOAN
51 Whiff : SMELL
52 Where the cattle drive in the western epic “Lonesome Dove” begins : RIO GRANDE
55 Consideration when doubling a recipe, perhaps : RATIO
56 “Don’t worry about me” : I’LL MANAGE
57 Like Alaska on a U.S. map, often : INSET
58 Quite a sight : EYE-OPENER

Down

1 Going to get : IN FOR
2 Khaki alternative : TAUPE
3 Use a pick, perhaps : STRUM
4 Punches : JABS
5 ___ Pippig, three-time winner of the Boston Marathon : UTA
6 Word with sister or story : SOB …
7 Ride with a third wheel : TRIKE
8 Outward attitude : MIEN
9 Bed of roses, so to speak : EASE
10 Character who’s striped and spotted? : WALDO
11 Causes of some brain freezes : ICEES
12 Hot take? : LOVE SCENE
13 Breakfast skillet : CREPE PAN
14 What a pointer finger can represent : ONE
21 Labor relief, perhaps : EPIDURAL
23 Port ___, capital of Mauritius : LOUIS
24 John of “The Big Lebowski” : TURTURRO
26 Squelched, with “on” : SAT …
27 His dying words were “There is another … Skywalker …” : YODA
28 Ghostlike, in a way : ASHEN
29 ___ Thanh Nguyen, Pulitzer-winning author of “The Sympathizer” : VIET
31 Aids for stage crews : CUE SHEETS
32 Via, informally : THRU
33 University in Georgia : EMORY
34 Hold on to : SAVE
35 Arcade game character with a propeller beanie : JR PAC-MAN
36 Word with store or Story : TOY
41 ___ Greenwich, co-writer of “Do Wah Diddy Diddy” and “Da Doo Ron Ron” : ELLIE
42 Dispense : ALLOT
43 Muscly, in modern lingo : SWOLE
44 Popular talk show of the 2010s : CONAN
45 Achievement indicator : BADGE
46 Show of contempt : SNEER
48 Eponymous region of northern France : BRIE
49 Slick : OILY
50 Thick locks : MANE
51 Title for a guru : SRI
53 Inits. on some food cans : GMO
54 Knock : RAP

6 thoughts on “0106-23 NY Times Crossword 6 Jan 23, Friday”

  1. 17:13. Hard puzzle. Got really bogged down in the middle, as I had no idea who Judith Neumann was and didn’t know several of the crosses either.

  2. 23:12, no errors. Difficult. I had also never heard of Judith Heumann (or Viet Thanh Nguyen). Strangely, though, I got hung up longer in the upper right corner (mostly due to a minor episode of brain freeze).

    Gotta love the constructor’s name. Erica Hsiung Wojcik! One is tempted to say, “Only in America!” … 😜.

    Today’s New Yorker puzzle isn’t the kind of pushover for beginners that they claim to publish on Fridays. Very literate (and clever), though.

  3. 29:17, no errors. I, also, did pretty well in the top and bottom thirds, but the middle third was just nasty. Entering the LIVE SHOOT in 12D before LOVE SCENE didn’t help.

  4. 26:44. Felt more Saturday-ish to me. Same as above – never heard those names before either.

    Where VIET crossed HEUMANN, I just guessed the E because the down name sounded VIETnamese.

    Best –

  5. Where the heck did NATATORIA come from? The Brits have invaded the NYT crossword? 20:50 but needed a hint on the above word. I guessed VIET, too.

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